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2015-16 Winter Term at Holden Village


The 2017-18 Program has limited space left and

will accept applications or waitlist requests through Sept. of 2017.

Contact the IOP Director for more information.


Spend Winter Term 2017-2018 in the majesty of the Cascade Mountains.

Holden Term is a domestic "foreign term" going to a Lutheran wilderness retreat center near North Cascades National Park, WA. What's so foreign about Holden Term? Well, for the weeks we are at Holden, you won't be checking email-there is no internet access. At Holden, there are no phones, no TVs, no radios. Holden Village is so remote people can only get there by boat. There are no paved roads, no automobiles, no strip malls, no rush hour commutes.

No rush hour: that's why people go to Holden Village. Holden attracts people who live in the modern world and are looking for something better. In the winter, the Village fills with people of all kinds who are attracted to what Holden offers. Like fast food (homemade bread available 24/7!). Like coffee and tea (better than Starbucks!). Like how everything slows down when people get around on foot (except for sledding, which seriously speeds up!). Everyone enjoys a community life marked by friendship, merriment, and work that really matters. Night time entertainments are lots of fun, too, played out under a vault of twinkling stars.

If Holden Village sounds like a portal to the past, we suspect it's really a window on the future. In the search for a sustainable future on this planet, we think there are lessons to be learned from places like Holden Village.


Holden in Brief

Eligibility: Everyone welcome: Holden Term is open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic standing (2.00 GPA) regardless of major.  Courses offered cover several graduation requirements and Holden Term carries an LC (Learning Community) designation.  Students enrolling in this program may also enroll in other December courses. Holden Village welcomes all people as God's children regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age or political opinion.  If enrollment for the program is over the program's cap of 15-17 participants the college's selection process will be used to select the roster and a short alternates's list.

Recommended For: This program is open to all majors.  As each iteration of the program offers a different package of courses, particular interest areas vary depending upon the current courses included in the program. 

Anticipated Program Cap: Due to the housing available at Holden Village, the maximum group size for this program is 15 students.

Academics: The Holden Village Term uses a 3 + 1 courseload.  All students are required to take all of the courses offered in the program.  This program qualifies as a Learning Community.  Courses vary by year.  The courses for 2015/2016 were:

HLDN 300 Holden Term Seminar (1 credit)  Team Taught

BIOL 383: Applied Ecology (PN/3 credits)  Dr. Muir

HIST 190: History Field School (PP/3 credits)  Dr. Simonsen

RELG 383/209: Creator, Creation & Calling (PH/3 credits)  Dr. Mahn --This course can be taken as a 200 level Christian Traditions course for students in their sophomore year, or as a 300-level course for juniors or seniors.   

Students should plan their academic coursework for the year to avoid course overloads.  If students choose to pursue a study abroad experience that takes them into a credit overload, those will lead to additional overload fees owed to the college and billed during the student's final term of that academic year.

Calendar: 5 Weeks on Campus, 6 Weeks at Holden: Students will enroll in all three courses as well as the 1-credit seminar.  Courses will begin on campus in November/December and will move with the group to Holden Village in early January, where the remainder of the program will take place.  Students will travel to and from Washington by train, bus, and ferry boat. At Holden Village the line between class and social time, chores and learning will be blurred as Holden Termers will be expected to live by a covenant of shared responsibilities to the group and the village itself.


Cost: The 2017-2018 program fee is tentatively set at $13,625,

Cost vs. Term on campus.   The Holden Village Term fee is roughly $3,400 below the cost of Winter Term on campus. For students who live on campus during weeks 1-5, room and board for 1/2 term is also charged.  Even when we factor in the cost of on-campus housing for the first five weeks of the term, the cost for Winter Term on campus and in Holden remains approximately $1,500 below the cost of the full term on Augustana's campus.

Cost includes: Tuition, transportation, lodging and meals. 

Cost does not include: Room & board on campus for the first half of Winter Term, discretionary spending (minimal)

Financial Aid:  Participants on this program are eligible for the same aid as if they were to remain on campus for the entire term.  This includes all scholarships, grants and loan eligibility. 

Augie Choice: This program is not eligible for Augie Choice funds as it does not qualify as international study nor an internship or research program.

Faculty Contacts: Please direct all questions to the program director, Dr. Jason Mahn (Religion Dept.)